Twenty-Seventh Sunday after Pentecost

Detinjci—Children’s Day

St. Nicholas Bulletin - December 18, 2022

Christ is in our midst! Христос међу нама! Cristo está entre nosotros!

The Woman with the spirit of infirmity...

by Fr. Anthony Hughes

God reaches out to everyone personally. He knows what we need and how to meet our needs. We have no need to be afraid. God is always near. All He had to do was speak a few words in today’s Gospel and the woman was healed. God loves each of us. He knows us better than we know ourselves. Every wound, manifest and secret, is known to Him.

It is hard for us to understand sometimes why tragedies occur, diseases and the like, but we believe, because God is love, that nothing can touch us that does not contribute to our good.

St. John of the Cross was a Spanish saint who experienced much personal tragedy as nearly all mystics do. Once he was imprisoned and beaten nearly to death with his guard’s shoes. He suffered a great deal, but in all of it he found God. He wrote a beautiful poem in which he imagined a dialogue with God. St. John asks God, “What is grace?’ And God replies, “Everything that happens.” 

Our lives are filled with suffering and since that is so our loving Lord turns the suffering into good. God is not the author of suffering, but He is its Master. When it comes He uses it to wake us up, or as a call to prayer, or as fertilizer for the spiritual life. 

When suffering comes we must remember that it almost always reveals that there is important work to be done. Perhaps the message is that we must take better care of ourselves or, perhaps, practice more compassion for our neighbor. Maybe the message is that there is still something deep us within subverting our joy and we need to wake up and do something about it. Whatever the case, suffering calls us to open our eyes to its cause and to whatever good the suffering calls us to do and usually that is to open up, let go, and trust in the Goodness of the Lord.

The spirit of infirmity that caused the woman’s distress brought her mysteriously into the presence of Jesus. If we open our hearts to God, then we will also find ourselves led as she was to a healing that surpasses the limitations of our minds and imaginations. We will discover the meaning behind it all and find rest in the midst of the storm. “Everything that happens is grace.”

“He laid His hands on her.” What a beautiful image! God touched her, graciously. Lovingly He embraced her.  The Lord proclaimed her to be greater than the Sabbath!  How could He who crafted the Law be bound by it? He who gave the Law broke the law for the sake of one diseased woman. Since God is love and the distillation of the entire Law is love, then there is nothing that can supersede it. Laws, Sabbaths, rites are all intermediary things, all fingers pointing at the moon. When the Moon comes near and touches the earth finger pointing is no longer necessary.

~Hymnography of the Day~

Commemorating Venerable Savva the Sanctified, St Gurias Archbishop of Kazan, Martyr Anastasius the Fuller of Salona in Dalmatia, Venerable Karion and his son Venerable Zachariah of Egypt, Venerable Nectarius of Bitolya and Mt Athos, Venerable Philotheus of Karyes Mt Athos, Monastic Martyrs of Karyes, St Crispina


When You descended to death, O Life Immortal, You destroyed hell with the splendor of Your Godhead. And when from the depths You raised the dead, all the powers of heaven cried out: “O Giver of life, Christ our God, glory to You!”


Truly you were revealed to your flock as a rule of faith, an image of humility and a teacher of abstinence; your humility exalted you; your poverty enriched you. Hierarch Father Nicholas, entreat Christ our God that our souls may be saved.


Hell became afraid, O almighty Savior, seeing the miracle of Your Resurrection from the tomb! The dead arose! Creation, with Adam, beheld this and rejoiced with You, and the world, my Savior, praises You forever.


You revealed yourself, O saint, in Myra as a priest, for you fulfilled the Gospel of Christ by giving up your soul for your people, and saving the innocent from death. Therefore you are blessed as one become wise in the grace of God.


Steadfast Protectress of Christians, Constant Advocate before the Creator; despise not the cry of us sinners, but in your goodness come speedily to help us who call on you in faith. Hasten to hear our petition and to intercede for us, O Theotokos, for you always protect those who honor you!

~Scripture Readings of the Day~


This Week: Matins: Milan Radanovic Epistle: Matthew Hoover

Next Week: Matins: Nick Ressetar Epistle: Dasha Gencturk

EPISTLE: Ephesians 6:10-17

DEACON:      Let us pay attention. 

PRIEST:        Peace be unto all!

READER:      And with your spirit!

DEACON:      Wisdom.

READER:      The Prokeimenon in the Second Tone: The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.

CHOIR:          The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.

READER: v: The Lord has chastened me sorely, but He has not given me over to death.

CHOIR: The Lord is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.

READER: The Lord is my strength and my song.

CHOIR: He has become my salvation.

DEACON: Wisdom!

READER: The Reading is from the Epistle of the Holy Apostle Paul to the Ephesians.

DEACON: Let us attend!

READER: Brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.  Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

PRIEST: Peace be unto you, reader!

READER: And with your spirit! Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

READER: May the Lord hear you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!

CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

READER: Save the King, O Lord, and hear us on the day we call!

CHOIR: Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!

АПОСТОЛ: Ефесцима 6:10-17

Ђакон:          Пазимо

Свештеник: Мир свима!

Читач:           I Духу Твоме!

Ђакон:          Премудрост

Читач : ПРОКИМЕН- глас 2 Господ је снага моја и пјесма; Он ми постаде спасење.

Хор:                Господ је снага моја и пјесма; Он ми постаде спасење.

Читач:           Карајући покара ме Господ, али ме смрти не предаде.

Хор: Господ је снага моја и пјесма; Он ми постаде спасење.

Читач: Господ је снага моја и пјесма;

Хор: Он ми постаде спасење.

Ђакон: Премудрост

Читач: Читање посланице Светога апостола Павла Ефесцима

Ђакон: Пазимо

Читач: Браћо, А даље, браћо моја. јачајте у Господу, и у сили моћи његове. Обуците се у свеоружје Божије, да бисте се могли одржати против лукавства ђаволскога. Јер не ратујемо против крви и тијела, него против поглаварства, и власти, и господара таме овога свијета, против духова злобе у поднебесју. Зато узмите свеоружје Божије, да бисте се могли одупријети у зли дан, и одољевши свему, одржати се. Стојте, дакле, опасавши бедра своја истином и обукавши се у оклоп правде, и обувши ноге у приправност за јеванђеље мира; А изнад свега узмите штит вјере, о који ћете моћи погасити све огњене стријеле нечастивога; И кацигу спасења узмите, и мач Духа, који је ријеч Божија.

Свештеник: Мир ти читачу!

Читач: I Духом Твоме! Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа

Хор: Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа

Читач: Нека те услиши Господ у дан жалосни, нека те заштити име Бога Јаковљевога.

Хор: Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа

Читач: Господе, помози цару и услиши нас кад Те зовемо.

Хор: Алилуиа, Алилуиа, Алилуиа


Luke 13: 10-17

Now He was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath.  And behold, there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up. But when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him and said to her, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity.”  And He laid His hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God. But the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath; and he said to the crowd, “There are six days on which men ought to work; therefore come and be healed on them, and not on the Sabbath day.” The Lord then answered him and said, “Hypocrite! Does not each one of you on the Sabbath loose his ox or donkey from the stall, and lead it away to water it? So ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan has bound—think of it—for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath?”  And when He said these things, all His adversaries were put to shame; and all the multitude rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.


Лука 13: 10-17

У вријеме оно учаше Исус у једној синагоги суботом. И гле, бјеше ондје жена која имађаше духа немоћи осамнаест година, и бјеше згрчена, и не могаше се никако усправити. А кад је видје Исус, призва је и рече јој: Жено, ослобођена си од немоћи своје. И стави на њу руке, и одмах се усправи и слављаше Бога. А старјешина синагоге, негодујући што је Исус исцијели у суботу, одговоривши рече народу: Шест је дана у које треба радити; у ове, дакле, долазите те се лијечите, а не у дан суботни. А Господ му одговори и рече: Лицемјере, сваки од вас не одрјешује ли у суботу својега вола или магарца од јасала и води да напоји? А ову, кћер Авраамову, коју свеза сатана ево осамнаест година, не требаше ли одријешити од ове свезе у дан суботњи? И док он ово говораше стиђаху се сви који му се противљаху; а сав народ радоваше се за сва славна дјела што их он чињаше.

~ The Week Ahead: Scriptures and Services ~

27th Sunday after Pentecost

December 18, 2022

Ephesians 6:10-17

Luke 13:10-17

8:30 am Matins

9:30 am Liturgy

6:00pm Vespers


December 19, 2022

Hebrews 13:17-21

Luke 6:17-23

Feast of St Nicholas

9:00 am Matins

10:00 am Liturgy


December 20, 2022

2 Timothy 3:16-4:4

Luke 21:12-19


December 21, 2022

2 Timothy 4:9-22

Luke 21:5-7, 10-11, 20-24

6:00 pm Parastos

6:30 pm Vespers

7 pm Living the Faith


December 22, 2022

Titus 1:5-2:1

Luke 21:28-33

6:30 pm Choir Rehearsal


December 23, 2022

Titus 1:15-2:10

Luke 21:37-22:8


December 24, 2022

Ephesians 1:16-23

Luke 13:18-29

1:30 pm Parastos

5 pm Vespers

28th Sunday after Pentecost

December 25, 2022

Colossians 3:4-11

Luke 14:16-24

8:30 am Matins

9:30 am Liturgy

"Hymn to St. Nicholas"

Carpatho-Rusyn Chant

Choir: St. Mary's Orthodox Cathedral Choir

Conductor: Dn. Gregory Ealy

Bortnyansky - 2-choir Concerto 5 "The heavens declare the glory of God"


Fifth Resurrection Gospel: Luke 24: 12-35

At that time, Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened. Now behold, two of them were traveling that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was seven miles from Jerusalem.  And they talked together of all these things which had happened.  So it was, while they conversed and reasoned, that Jesus Himself drew near and went with them.  But their eyes were restrained, so that they did not know Him. And He said to them, “What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?”   Then the one whose name was Cleopas answered and said to Him, “Are You the only stranger in Jerusalem, and have You not known the things which happened there in these days?” And He said to them, “What things?” So they said to Him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a Prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, and how the chief priests and our rulers delivered Him to be condemned to death, and crucified Him.  But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened.  Yes, and certain women of our company, who arrived at the tomb early, astonished us.  When they did not find His body, they came saying that they had also seen a vision of angels who said He was alive.  And certain of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said; but Him they did not see.” Then He said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe in all that the prophets have spoken!  Ought not the Christ to have suffered these things and to enter into His glory?”  And beginning at Moses and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself. Then they drew near to the village where they were going, and He indicated that He would have gone farther.  But they constrained Him, saying, “Abide with us, for it is toward evening, and the day is far spent.” And He went in to stay with them. Now it came to pass, as He sat at the table with them, that He took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them.  Then their eyes were opened and they knew Him; and He vanished from their sight. And they said to one another, “Did not our heart burn within us while He talked with us on the road, and while He opened the Scriptures to us?”  So they rose up that very hour and returned to Jerusalem, and found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, saying, “The Lord is risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!”  And they told about the things that had happened on the road, and how He was known to them in the breaking of bread.

~Prayers for the Faithful~

In Our Prayers

Newly Illumined Ethan & Lauren Bebeau, Endora Lucille, their parents and sponsors, Metropolitan Paul, Archbishop Youhanna, Protopresbyter Srboljub and Protinica Ljubica Jockovic, Protopresbyter Rodney Torbic, Popadija Sara Golic, Matushka Barbara Ealy, the child Katie Elizabeth and her parents Mileva and Michael Repasky, the child Metodija and his parents Fr. Dn. Milan and Mira Damljanovic, the child Danijela and her parents Mark and Jennifer Belo, Melissa Thomason and the child newly born of her, Clare Jurkovic and the child newly born of her, Lauren Spangler and the child newly born of her, Bethany Peterson and the child to be born of her, Michelle Adams, Addy Andy, Louise Bare, Dori Bert, Jonathan Bertsch, Darlene & Larry Black, Carole Blitva, Stephan and Barbara Blitva, Walter “Bud” Brown, Guiliana & Aleksandar Carricato, Leann Cox, Joseph Derk, Art Dils, Draga Donato, Tommy and Kara (Blitva) Dorsey, Anaya Garvin, Christian & Melanie Geib, Michael Geppert III, Dr Andrea Govelovich, Nick & Terry Govelovich, Kata Gruich, George Gutshall, Dan Hazlett, Basil Havalchak, Travis Heilman, Adam Herigan, Edith Herigan, Nicole Stefan Imschweiler, Susan Jacobs, Tijana Jaksic, Slobodan Jovicic, Spencer Klinge, Ljuban Kosovac, Dorothy Krnjaich, Henry Laichak, Peter Lalic, Dragan Lalovic, Stella Wren Lappas, Catherine Lewis, Dick Livingston, Maggie Livingston, Stephen Lundingrin, Dianne & Jim Martin, Rowan Martin, Jack McFall, Annabelle McLaughlin, John J Milakovic, Marija Miljkovic, Daria Milletics, Infant of God Ryan Leigh Moffitt, Dave Morris, Peter Mrgich, George Myers, Patty Navarro, Bosiljka Ninkovic, Eva Orr, Lila Packer, Daniel Paddock, Ljubomir Pejanovic, Vid & Marica Pejcic, Hope Pesner, Tracy Petrovich, Logan Roszkowski, Greg Selman, Michael Schaffner, Michael Semic, Steven Semic, Benjamin Shaffer, Tessa Shaffer, John Sheaffer, Pat Shoemaker, Branko Smitran, Tim Stefan, Patricia & Joseph Sypniewski, Leonard Tepsich, Leroy Tepsich Jr, Edie & Michael “Bo” Venesevich, Rita Vorkapich, Kristina Vukalo, Steve Vulich, Paula Werner, Draga Worman, Dewey Yetter, Mileva “Millie” Yezdimir, Marija Zabrodnaya, Demetrios & Eleni Ziogas, Miriam “Mim” Codan Ziolkowski 


Those Who Need Special Care 


Those to be Baptized

Sloane Ivey & Berkeley Blythe Semic, Emilia Renee Peterson, Barrett Scott, Divna and Danica Mitrovic, Nora Katherine & Maeve Noelle Van Huysen, Sloane York, Logan Michael Livingston, Bennett Noah Spangler

Our College Students

Anastasija Gligorevic, Cayden Healy, Matthew Hoover, Kalei Howard, Sophia Mummert, Kobe Petrovich, Christina Radanovic, Ioanna Radanovic, Kyranna Radanovic, Maxim Reznitchenko, Madison Vorkapich


Our Dearly Departed Loved Ones

Matushka Anna Hopko, Nenad ‘Nesho’ Pantelich, Mark Gruin, Slobodanka Balaban, Mihailo Novakovic, Ljubica Tajkovic, Jo-An Tracey Stanovich, William Yovanovich, Eva Stimac, Ljubisa Stankovic, Natalija Mandic

~Parastos to be Offered~

Vjecnaja Pamjat! Memory Eternal!

†GEORGIANNE HERIGAN To be offered by her family on Wednesday, December 21 at 6 pm to observe the 1 year anniversary of her repose.

†LJUBICA VIOLA YANICH To be offered by her family on Saturday (Dec 24) at 1:30 pm to observe the 10th anniversary of her repose.


~Pomen Offered~

Vjecnaja Pamjat! Memory Eternal!

†RADE, †ANA, †MILAN, †EVELYN, †PETAR, †JELENA, †STEVO, †LJUBICA, †NIKOLA, †MILKA, †DRAGAN, †MARIJA, †DANILO, †DANICA, †ZARKO, †PETAR, †BRANKO, †DARINKA, †NEVANKA, †NIKOLA, †DAVID, †LINDA  Offered Saturday in honor of our Krsna Slava, we treasure memories of departed family members and pray for their peaceful repose. Offered in loving memory by the Yanich & Matich family. 

†MILE, †ANDJELIJA, †PAVLE MRAOVIC & †PAVLE, †PAOLINA, †BRANKO KOBAC & †MITCH & †LJUBICA KOBAC ZUNICH Offered for our Krsna Slava as we pray for the blessed repose of our departed family members. Offered in loving memory by Beba Yanich & family.


~Vigils Offered~

LORRAINE JAMES Offered in happy celebration of my Godchild’s birthday (Dec 15). May God bless her with many years of good health and happiness.  Mnogaja Ljeta! Many Years! Love Kuma Tootsie.

DORI & DOUG BERT Offered in celebration of their Wedding Anniversary (Dec 18). Given in love by Mom & family with God’s blessings for many more! Mnogaja Ljeta! 

TOOTSIE KRNJAICH Offering vigils and prayers for our Kuma Tootsie. May God’s blessings be with her during her rehab period. From her Godchildren, Kat and families.

DARLENE BLACK Offered with love by the Barber & Geib Families for God’s Blessings during her recovery. We pray that He will bless her with good health. Our Love & Prayers are with her.

MICHAEL GEPPERT Offered prayerfully by Mom & Dad for improvement in health and God’s blessings and loving care during his recovery.

†GRIGORIJ RADCZENKO Offered in loving memory of our dear papa/grandfather/great grandfather’s repose (7 years—Dec 18). We love you so much and miss you every day. Offered with love by the Radczenko family. Vjecnaja Pamjat! Memory Eternal!

†RADE, †ANA, †MILAN, †EVELYN †PETAR, †JELENA, †STEVO, †LJUBICA, †NIKOLA, †MILKA, †DRAGAN, †MARIJA, †DANILO, †DANICA, †ZARKO, †PETAR, †BRANKO, †DARINKA, †NEVENKA, †NIKOLA, †DAVID, †LINDA Offered as we observe our Krsna Slava, Nikoljdan, we pray for the peaceful repose of family members who celebrate our Slava with the Lord. In loving memory by the Yanich & Matich families. Vjecnaja Pamjat! Memory Eternal!

†MILE, †ANDJELIJA, †PAVLE MRAOVIC & †PAVLE, †PAOLINA, †BRANKO KOBAC & †MITCHELL & †LJUBICA KOBAC ZUNICH Offered on our Krsna Slava as we pray for the blessed repose of our family. In loving memory by Beba Yanich & family.  Vjecnaja Pamjat! Memory Eternal!

†ELIJA & †STANA KLIPA, †MARY KLIPA LALIC, †PATRICIA HERNJAK, †SAMUEL & †MILLIE KLIPA, †NICHOLAS & †HOPE KLIPA, †BASIL KLIPA, †PETER & †OLGA KLIPA, †STEVE & †STEFANIA KLIPA, †JANE KLIPA & †GUY & †MARY LALIC Lovingly remembered by the Cashman, Hernjak, and Lalic families today and tomorrow, St. Nicholas Day, as we celebrated our Krsna Slava. Our memories bring us much joy and peace. May God grant them peace, happiness and life everlasting. Vjecnaja Pamjat! Memory Eternal!

†MILOS & †MILAN STARCEVICH, STARCEVICH, VUJASINOVICH AND KOTUR FAMILIES Offered in loving memory of our dear Milos (Mico), Milan (Braco) and all reposed members of the Starcevich, Vujasinovich and Kotur families as we celebrate our Krsna Slava, Sveti Nikola. May our good Lord grant them eternal peace in His heavenly kingdom. Forever in our hearts. Offered with love by Zorka and family.  Vjecnaja Pamjat! Memory Eternal!

†VERNA TARASI Offered in loving memory for the repose of grandmother & friend Verna (8 years—Dec 21). May she rest peacefully in the Lord’s mercy and grace. Given by the Yanich, Wenner, Mumma, Hook, Cruz & Wolf Family. Vjecnaja Pamjat! Memory Eternal!

Please continue to pray for all of those currently being persecuted for Christ's sake in Kosovo, Metohija, Montenegro, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Iran, Egypt, Ethiopia, the Sudan, China, North Korea, for all of our brothers and sisters in Christ suffering throughout the world, especially in Ukraine, that they might be comforted with the Joy of our Lord, and for all of those suffering from the pandemic, for those who minister, and for those who are unjustly persecuted that they may be strengthened by the love of Christ which knows no race.  


Stewardship Offering Information

Date 12/11/2022

Collection: $5,494.00

Date 12/4/2022

Collection: $5,792.00

Date 11/27/2022

Collection: $785.00

December Birthdays

Laurie Brosius (Dec 1), Stephani York (Dec 2), Alex Govelovich (Dec 2), Gordana Fasnacht (Dec 4), Alexandra McFall (Dec 4), Paul Kasper (Dec 7), Alexa Healy (Dec 10), Nicholas Blitva (Dec 11), Sarah Milletics (Dec 11), Lorraine James (Dec 15), Quinn Gilroy (Dec 15), Irina Miljkovic (Dec 17), Steve Barry (Dec 17), Michael Filepas Jr (Dec 23), Carole Blitva (Dec 25)

December Anniversaries

Alex & Nicole Bazdar (Dec 11), Dori & Doug Bert (Dec 18), Lauren & Ross Spangler (Dec 21), Pharon & Christine Bertsch (Dec 27)

~Bulletin Board~


The Nativity Fast began on Monday, November 28. This means that we prepare the body to receive the Incarnate Christ Child through fasting, alms-giving and prayer. It is a time to focus upon giving alms to the poor. It is a time to focus upon offering ourselves to God’s Church. It is a time to re-dedicate ourselves to praying to God, both in Divine Services and at home. Receive the Fast with Joy!


Come celebrate our Patron, St Nicholas the Wonderworker, with His Grace our Father and Bishop +IRINEJ beginning with Festal Vespers at 6 pm tonight, Dec 18. Followed by Matins at 9 am on Monday, Dec 19 and Hierarchical Liturgy at 10 am. Followed by the cutting of Slava Kolach and a Luncheon


I want to thank all of you for the greetings and good wishes for my 82nd birthday. I left the hospital on Wednesday and couldn’t thank you all earlier. You are all in my prayers. Love you in Christ our Lord, Fr Srboljub

Bill was a very special man, we grieve our loss. We thank you all for your visits, phone calls, prayers, cards, letters, flowers, fruit-basket and your friendship. May God bless you all. Ruth Yovanovich and family.


Hello! Welcome to St. Nick’s! If you can say this with a smile, you are a born GREETER. Have you ever felt uncomfortable upon entering a place where no one knows you? It is not a great feeling. St. Nick’s is asking you to be a steward willing to share your warm welcome to all those who enter our beautiful church for the first or the five hundredth time. Please let Daria or Terry know that you can be that steward once every 6 weeks.


Check out the Mother’s Club Display Case as we are getting new items in weekly. There are also new Nativity/Christmas Cards available. Check them out!


Jovanka Shaffer and JoAnn Filepas will be seated in the church hall after Liturgy on Sundays to collect 2023 dues. Dues remain at $5 for the year.


Please see Nikki Lewis to pay your 2023 Mother’s Club Dues and Popadija Andreja to pay your 2023 Serb Club Dues.

December 2022 Calendar


Learn to sing a selection of beautiful Serbian and traditional Christmas carols in 4-part harmony. Non-choir members are invited to join the choir for 30-minute rehearsals. The choir will dedicate the last 30 minutes of weekly choir rehearsals, as well as 30 minutes on Sundays after Liturgy to rehearse Christmas carols. Rehearsal dates are: December 18, 22, 29, If interested, and/or for more information, please contact Nina Radanovic at 717-634-6170, or by email:


After learning the carols, join us in singing them both on January 1st as we visit our parishioners who are shut-in or in nursing homes and then in the choir loft to sing Carols during communion and at the end of Liturgy on January 7th. If you know of anyone we should visit, please contact Nina Radanovic at 717-634-6170, or by email   at:



Office hours are Monday thru Friday from 9am until noon. You may call the office during these hours at (717-939-3972) or come by the office in person. Office hours will be adjusted when services are occurring during those hours.


Bulletin Deadline is Wednesday at 11 am. Please send all bulletin requests to You may also call the office at (717-939-3872). 

December Charity

Very Reverend Stavrophor Srboljub Jockovich

Fund for St. Nicholas Church Ministries & those in Need


In 2010, our congregation established The Fr. Srboljub Fund as a permanent resource for special ministries and other special needs or events in our church community or with our Orthodox Christian partners in the Central PA area or the larger Orthodox Christian community. Each month we participate in the Charity Sunday program and we always give those donations to an outside charity. Through the Fr. Srboljub Fund, we have created a dynamic new way to support the special ministries of our Church community and to respond to the special needs of our Orthodox Christian brothers and sisters. We are preparing ourselves to respond to ministries and programs in areas such as feeding the hungry, youth and senior programs, library needs, gift shop resources, education and outreach initiatives, visitation efforts and unforeseen emergencies or crises. 

Please give generously to the Fr. Srboljub Fund so we may honor our long-time spiritual leader in this unique way as we grow our resources and are prepared to respond when a special need arises. God bless you and thank you for your generosity.  



Sunday, January 15th at Gilligan’s on Eisenhower Blvd at 12 noon


Whether you are a mother, godmother, stepmother or grandmother, please join us for food and fun, and of course our traditional polyanna/white elephant gift exchange.


Please RSVP to Angie Vorkapich by Sunday, January 8th 



We are once again having our Christmas Fund Raising event. 


For your Christmas dinner on January 7,

let us provide you with hot Roast Lamb 


This year the lamb will be sold by the pound, for $15 per pound

Deadline to place your lamb order is Saturday, December 24.


Contact Chris Radanovic at 717-841-6794 or

The Life of St. Nicholas,

The Wonderworker

Archbishop of Myra in Lycea

(text quoted from


Saint Nicholas, the Wonderworker, Archbishop of Myra in Lycia is famed as a great saint pleasing unto God. He was born in the city of Patara in the region of Lycia (on the south coast of the Asia Minor peninsula), and was the only son of pious parents Theophanes and Nonna, who had vowed to dedicate him to God.

As the fruit of the prayer of his childless parents, the infant Nicholas from the very day of his birth revealed to people the light of his future glory as a wonderworker. His mother, Nonna, after giving birth was immediately healed from illness. The newborn infant, while still in the baptismal font, stood on his feet three hours, without support from anyone, thereby honoring the Most Holy Trinity. Saint Nicholas from his infancy began a life of fasting, and on Wednesdays and Fridays he would not accept milk from his mother until after his parents had finished their evening prayers.

From his childhood Nicholas thrived on the study of Divine Scripture; by day he would not leave church, and by night he prayed and read books, making himself a worthy dwelling place for the Holy Spirit. Bishop Nicholas of Patara rejoiced at the spiritual success and deep piety of his nephew. He ordained him a reader, and then elevated Nicholas to the priesthood, making him his assistant and entrusting him to instruct the flock.

In serving the Lord the youth was fervent of spirit, and in his proficiency with questions of faith he was like an Elder, who aroused the wonder and deep respect of believers. Constantly at work and vivacious, in unceasing prayer, the priest Nicholas displayed great kind-heartedness towards the flock, and towards the afflicted who came to him for help, and he distributed all his inheritance to the poor.

There was a certain formerly rich inhabitant of Patara, whom Saint Nicholas saved from great sin. The man had three grown daughters, and in desperation he planned to sell their bodies so they would have money for food. The saint, learning of the man’s poverty and of his wicked intention, secretly visited him one night and threw a sack of gold through the window. With the money the man arranged an honorable marriage for his daughter. Saint Nicholas also provided gold for the other daughters, thereby saving the family from falling into spiritual destruction. In bestowing charity, Saint Nicholas always strove to do this secretly and to conceal his good deeds.

The Bishop of Patara decided to go on pilgrimage to the holy places at Jerusalem, and entrusted the guidance of his flock to Saint Nicholas, who fulfilled this obedience carefully and with love. When the bishop returned, Nicholas asked his blessing for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Along the way the saint predicted a storm would arise and threaten the ship. Saint Nicholas saw the devil get on the ship, intending to sink it and kill all the passengers. At the entreaty of the despairing pilgrims, he calmed the waves of the sea by his prayers. Through his prayer a certain sailor of the ship, who had fallen from the mast and was mortally injured was also restored to health.

When he reached the ancient city of Jerusalem and came to Golgotha, Saint Nicholas gave thanks to the Savior. He went to all the holy places, worshiping at each one. One night on Mount Sion, the closed doors of the church opened by themselves for the great pilgrim. Going round the holy places connected with the earthly service of the Son of God, Saint Nicholas decided to withdraw into the desert, but he was stopped by a divine voice urging him to return to his native country. He returned to Lycia, and yearning for a life of quietude, the saint entered into the brotherhood of a monastery named Holy Sion, which had been founded by his uncle. But the Lord again indicated another path for him, “Nicholas, this is not the vineyard where you shall bear fruit for Me. Return to the world, and glorify My Name there.” So he left Patara and went to Myra in Lycia.

Upon the death of Archbishop John, Nicholas was chosen as Bishop of Myra after one of the bishops of the Council said that a new archbishop should be revealed by God, not chosen by men. One of the elder bishops had a vision of a radiant Man, Who told him that the one who came to the church that night and was first to enter should be made archbishop. He would be named Nicholas. The bishop went to the church at night to await Nicholas. The saint, always the first to arrive at church, was stopped by the bishop. “What is your name, child?” he asked. God’s chosen one replied, “My name is Nicholas, Master, and I am your servant.”

After his consecration as archbishop, Saint Nicholas remained a great ascetic, appearing to his flock as an image of gentleness, kindness and love for people. This was particularly precious for the Lycian Church during the persecution of Christians under the emperor Diocletian (284-305). Bishop Nicholas, locked up in prison together with other Christians for refusing to worship idols, sustained them and exhorted them to endure the fetters, punishment and torture. The Lord preserved him unharmed. Upon the accession of Saint Constantine (May 21) as emperor, Saint Nicholas was restored to his flock, which joyfully received their guide and intercessor.

Despite his great gentleness of spirit and purity of heart, Saint Nicholas was a zealous and ardent warrior of the Church of Christ. Fighting evil spirits, the saint made the rounds of the pagan temples and shrines in the city of Myra and its surroundings, shattering the idols and turning the temples to dust.

In the year 325 Saint Nicholas was a participant in the First Ecumenical Council. This Council proclaimed the Nicean Symbol of Faith, and he stood up against the heretic Arius with the likes of Saints Sylvester the Bishop of Rome (January 2), Alexander of Alexandria (May 29), Spyridon of Trimythontos (December 12) and other Fathers of the Council.

Saint Nicholas, fired with zeal for the Lord, assailed the heretic Arius with his words, and also struck him upon the face. For this reason, he was deprived of the emblems of his episcopal rank and placed under guard. But several of the holy Fathers had the same vision, seeing the Lord Himself and the Mother of God returning to him the Gospel and omophorion. The Fathers of the Council agreed that the audacity of the saint was pleasing to God, and restored the saint to the office of bishop.

Having returned to his own diocese, the saint brought it peace and blessings, sowing the word of Truth, uprooting heresy, nourishing his flock with sound doctrine, and also providing food for their bodies.

Even during his life the saint worked many miracles. One of the greatest was the deliverance from death of three men unjustly condemned by the Governor, who had been bribed. The saint boldly went up to the executioner and took his sword, already suspended over the heads of the condemned. The Governor, denounced by Saint Nicholas for his wrong doing, repented and begged for forgiveness.

Witnessing this remarkable event were three military officers, who were sent to Phrygia by the emperor Constantine to put down a rebellion. They did not suspect that soon they would also be compelled to seek the intercession of Saint Nicholas. Evil men slandered them before the emperor, and the officers were sentenced to death. Appearing to Saint Constantine in a dream, Saint Nicholas called on him to overturn the unjust sentence of the military officers.

He worked many other miracles, and struggled many long years at his labor. Through the prayers of the saint, the city of Myra was rescued from a terrible famine. He appeared to a certain Italian merchant and left him three gold pieces as a pledge of payment. He requested him to sail to Myra and deliver grain there. More than once, the saint saved those drowning in the sea, and provided release from captivity and imprisonment.

Having reached old age, Saint Nicholas peacefully fell asleep in the Lord. His venerable relics were preserved incorrupt in the local cathedral church and flowed with curative myrrh, from which many received healing. In the year 1087, his relics were transferred to the Italian city of Bari, where they rest even now (See May 9).

The name of the great saint of God, the hierarch and wonderworker Nicholas, a speedy helper and suppliant for all hastening to him, is famed in every corner of the earth, in many lands and among many peoples. In Russia there are a multitude of cathedrals, monasteries and churches consecrated in his name. There is, perhaps, not a single city without a church dedicated to him.

The first Russian Christian prince Askold (+ 882) was baptized in 866 by Patriarch Photius (February 6) with the name Nicholas. Over the grave of Askold, Saint Olga (July 11) built the first temple of Saint Nicholas in the Russian Church at Kiev. Primary cathedrals were dedicated to Saint Nicholas at Izborsk, Ostrov, Mozhaisk, and Zaraisk. At Novgorod the Great, one of the main churches of the city, the Nikolo-Dvorischensk church, later became a cathedral.

Famed and venerable churches and monasteries dedicated to Saint Nicholas are found at Kiev, Smolensk, Pskov, Toropetsa, Galich, Archangelsk, Great Ustiug, Tobolsk. Moscow had dozens of churches named for the saint, and also three monasteries in the Moscow diocese: the Nikolo-Greek (Staryi) in the Chinese-quarter, the Nikolo-Perervinsk and the Nikolo-Ugreshsk. One of the chief towers of the Kremlin was named the Nikolsk.

Many of the churches devoted to the saint were those established at market squares by Russian merchants, sea-farers and those who traveled by land, venerating the wonderworker Nicholas as a protector of all those journeying on dry land and sea. They sometimes received the name among the people of “Nicholas soaked.”

Many village churches in Russia were dedicated to the wonderworker Nicholas, venerated by peasants as a merciful intercessor before the Lord for all the people in their work. And in the Russian land Saint Nicholas did not cease his intercession. Ancient Kiev preserves the memory about the miraculous rescue of a drowning infant by the saint. The great wonderworker, hearing the grief-filled prayers of the parents for the loss of their only child, took the infant from the waters, revived him and placed him in the choir-loft of the church of Holy Wisdom (Hagia Sophia) before his wonderworking icon. In the morning the infant was found safe by his thrilled parents, praising Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker.

Many wonderworking icons of Saint Nicholas appeared in Russia and came also from other lands. There is the ancient Byzantine embordered image of the saint, brought to Moscow from Novgorod, and the large icon painted in the thirteenth century by a Novgorod master.

Two depictions of the wonderworker are especially numerous in the Russian Church: Saint Nicholas of Zaraisk, portrayed in full-length, with his right hand raised in blessing and with a Gospel (this image was brought to Ryazan in 1225 by the Byzantine Princess Eupraxia, the future wife of Prince Theodore. She perished in 1237 with her husband and infant son during the incursion of Batu); and Saint Nicholas of Mozhaisk, also in full stature, with a sword in his right hand and a city in his left. This recalls the miraculous rescue of the city of Mozhaisk from an invasion of enemies, through the prayers of the saint. It is impossible to list all the grace-filled icons of Saint Nicholas, or to enumerate all his miracles.

Saint Nicholas is the patron of travelers, and we pray to him for deliverance from floods, poverty, or any misfortunes. He has promised to help those who remember his parents, Theophanes and Nonna.

Saint Nicholas is also commemorated on May 9 (The transfer of his relics) and on July 29 (his nativity).

Troparion — Tone 4

Truly you were revealed to your flock as a rule of faith,

an image of humility and a teacher of abstinence;

your humility exalted you; your poverty enriched you.

Hierarch Father Nicholas,

entreat Christ our God that our souls may be saved.


Kontakion — Tone 3

You revealed yourself, O saint, in Myra as a priest,

For you fulfilled the Gospel of Christ

By giving up your soul for your people,

And saving the innocent from death.

Therefore you are blessed as one

become wise in the grace of God.